In the footsteps of Borat
A Tawa teacher and his fiancee are packing up and moving to a country best known for Borat, the 2006 mockumentary film.
Jason Doyle, 28, and Shayna Gardner, 26, are both maths teachers; Doyle at Tawa College and Gardner at St Patrick’s College Wellington.
Next month they are taking leave from their jobs to work at a new specialised maths and science school in Kazakhstan.
The couple have wanted to work overseas for several years.
China was their first choice, but they had trouble finding a school that would take them both.
A school in Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana offered Doyle and Gardner jobs, but they didn’t take the opportunity straight away.
The Johnsonville residents said they had never thought of working in Kazakhstan.
‘‘We wanted to go some- where different.
‘‘We researched it before we said yes,’’ Doyle said.
‘‘It didn’t look as bad as we thought it was going to be.’’
Gardner said they would not be mentioning the wellknown comedy film about a Kazakh television personality, Borat Sagdiyev, who visited the United States to make a documentary.
‘‘We aren’t allowed to say that over there.
‘‘ Apparently they hate the movie,’’ she said.
Gardner joked there would be no pressure teaching in the new specialist school.
‘‘ We are teaching the brightest of the brightest kids in the whole country.’’
The couple plan to travel in their holidays and spend Christmas in Europe.
Their Wellington jobs are being held for when they return next year.
Adventure ahead: Jason
Doyle, 28, and Shayna Gardner, 26, are moving to